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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020 1:39:05 AM
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Stories Space was launched 10 years ago, and saw its greatest influx of members when it "went public" on Oct. 12, 2010 — so we're going to have an epic anniversary celebration centered around that date.

The cornerstone of the Cheers to 10 Years celebration will be a new competition.

This contest will open on Oct. 12 and close at the end of October, but we’re announcing it early to allow time for planning and preparation. Members may submit up to 10 entries, one of each word limit listed below. There will be 10 different word limits, based on numbers of significance to Stories Space and/or its upcoming anniversary:

- Word Limit (significance)
- 40 (seasons since Oct. 12, 2010)
- 100 (holidays observed)
- 120 (months)
- 261 (fortnights)
- 522 (weeks)
- 873 (authors on site)
- 1,012 (tenth month, twelfth day - American date format)
- 1,210 (twelfth day of the tenth month - rest of the world date format)
- 2,581 (badges - not counting multiples in the same overarching category)
- 3,653 (days)

Bonuses will be given to individual submissions that are exactly the specified limit (according to the counter on the submission screen), and doubled if a member submits 10 stories, all of the maximum length.

Each submission must include at least one of the following 10 words:
- Celebration
- Achievement
- Stories
- Space
- Camaraderie
- Ten
- Friendly
- Free
- Cozy
- Supportive

More details will be coming soon, but now is the time to put on your thinking caps and start planning your strategy to earn double bonus points. Good luck and have fun!

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EDIT: Three related Cheers to 10 Years contests are now open! Here are links to the competition pages:

Ultra Short Competition
Flash Competition
Full Length Story Competition


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Survivor
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020 10:39:24 AM
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This sounds like quite a challenge for us this time. I've never seen anything like it. Let's see how we can handle it.

flower

Here's my first competition entry in the 100-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/-on-guard-duty-.aspx

Here's my second competition entry in the 40-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/-classified-ad-.aspx

Here's my third competition entry in the 261-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-the-legend-of-lovers-lane-.aspx

Here's my fourth competition entry in the 120-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/-bibliophilia-.aspx
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020 1:41:09 PM
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Survivor wrote:


This sounds like quite a challenge for us this time. I've never seen anything like it. Let's see how we can handle it.

flower


Yeah, I might be able to get into some of the shorter ones, but I can't see me getting 10 stories out that quickly. Not enough writing time.

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

magnificent1rascal
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 6:54:20 AM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:
This contest will open on Oct. 12 and close 10 days later, but we’re announcing it early to allow time for planning and preparation.


Based on early feedback, we’ll change the closing date to the end of October. The original plan may have been a tad too ambitious.

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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:32:52 PM
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So we've got our start date. We've got our end date. We've got our rules. Time to get writing.

I have a couple story ideas already that should work. I'm shooting for maybe 3 or 4 (no way I can manage 10 barring I get COVID and have nothing better to do while self-isolating).

Anyone else getting pumped and ready for this?


My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

Welshdreamer42
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 2:36:27 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
So we've got our start date. We've got our end date. We've got our rules. Time to get writing.

I have a couple story ideas already that should work. I'm shooting for maybe 3 or 4 (no way I can manage 10 barring I get COVID and have nothing better to do while self-isolating).

Anyone else getting pumped and ready for this?


The later deadline means it now spans half term so I might get one or two done :) But I’ve no time to even think about it right now :(

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My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 2:49:46 PM
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Well, I understand the length of the stories. Now I just need to know if there are any kinds of themes or categories we are supposed to be writing about or in. Or is it just anything we please? That would leave it pretty open.

flower

Here's my first competition entry in the 100-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/-on-guard-duty-.aspx

Here's my second competition entry in the 40-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/-classified-ad-.aspx

Here's my third competition entry in the 261-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-the-legend-of-lovers-lane-.aspx

Here's my fourth competition entry in the 120-word category: https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/-bibliophilia-.aspx
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:01:56 PM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:


Bonuses will be given to individual submissions that are exactly the specified limit (according to the counter on the submission screen), and doubled if a member submits 10 stories, all of the maximum length.



Just to be clear, do you mean the maximum length of each category or ten stories each of 3653 words? Anxious

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:26:00 PM
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AnnaMayZing wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:


Bonuses will be given to individual submissions that are exactly the specified limit (according to the counter on the submission screen), and doubled if a member submits 10 stories, all of the maximum length.



Just to be clear, do you mean the maximum length of each category or ten stories each of 3653 words? Anxious


Max of each category. If you look higher up it says

Quote:

Members may submit up to 10 entries, one of each word limit listed below.



Note the bolded part. If you can only submit one at each word limit, then it must be max of each limit.

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2020 5:34:50 PM
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Survivor wrote:


Well, I understand the length of the stories. Now I just need to know if there are any kinds of themes or categories we are supposed to be writing about or in. Or is it just anything we please? That would leave it pretty open.

flower


Given that the focus of the announcement is on lengths and the anniversary, I'm not sure there's a specific theme story-wise but I imagine something about celebrating, anniversaries, writing (since that's what the site is about), and such would be welcome. That's kind of where my imagination has gone.

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 8:32:40 AM
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Actually, I have a question about form. Are poems going to be welcome in the shorter categories? I can't really see me writing a 40 word story but some of my poems are in that territory.

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

magnificent1rascal
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:29:00 AM
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Mendalla wrote:
Actually, I have a question about form. Are poems going to be welcome in the shorter categories? I can't really see me writing a 40 word story but some of my poems are in that territory.


Yes, poems will be accepted in the shorter submissions.

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Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:48:24 PM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Mendalla wrote:
Actually, I have a question about form. Are poems going to be welcome in the shorter categories? I can't really see me writing a 40 word story but some of my poems are in that territory.


Yes, poems will be accepted in the shorter submissions.


hello1

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

DenimAngel
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:42:59 PM
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I'm excited about this contest! Not sure I'll get 10 things written but it looks so fun


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:55:45 AM
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What will be the procedure for submissions? Clueless minds would like to know. No doubt I've missed this info somewhere along the line, either that or the plan is to wait until 1012 to list all the nuts and bolts type rules and regs?

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Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:45:57 AM
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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
What will be the procedure for submissions? Clueless minds would like to know. No doubt I've missed this info somewhere along the line, either that or the plan is to wait until 1012 to list all the nuts and bolts type rules and regs?

glasses8


Maggie talked about more details coming so I assume that will include submission process. She's still got a week and a half to get it up, I guess. I've actually got a first draft of a story I hope to use, assuming there isn't a devil in the details when they come out.

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

magnificent1rascal
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:06:28 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Rumple_deWriter wrote:
What will be the procedure for submissions? Clueless minds would like to know. No doubt I've missed this info somewhere along the line, either that or the plan is to wait until 1012 to list all the nuts and bolts type rules and regs?

glasses8


Maggie talked about more details coming so I assume that will include submission process. She's still got a week and a half to get it up, I guess. I've actually got a first draft of a story I hope to use, assuming there isn't a devil in the details when they come out.


Sorry for the delay in posting more details. Life, y’know?

Don’t worry, there isn’t any devil in these details. Entry will be straightforward, just submit a piece and check the competition box. There is no theme requirement, only the word limits and selection of required words listed in the first post.

I still need to iron out a couple of technical points, but I promise to post more info by Friday.

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Tams
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:28:17 AM
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I am loving this idea! My brain is already churning.

Me -> director "Lets get off that couch and get to work, brain!"

My Brain -> hello1

magnificent1rascal
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 3:38:49 PM
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Phew, what a week this has been!
dontknow drunken clown

In any case, here are some of the Cheers to 10 Years details promised.

We will most likely divide this into three contests based on word count to ensure that we aren't comparing apples and oranges in the judging. I say "most likely" because I'm waiting to hear back if the system will allow multiple competitions to be running simultaneously (that's one of the technical points yet to be ironed out). Whether it turns out to be three contests or one, judging will be done in the following divisions:

20-120 words — Entries will be accepted in Micro Fiction, Musings and Poetry. For this event only, entries up to 120 words may be submitted in the Micro Fiction category even if they exceed the usual 100-word limit.

121-1,012 words — Entries will be accepted in Flash Fiction or any appropriate category (no Micro Fiction). For this event only, entries up to 1,012 words may be submitted in the Flash Fiction category even if they exceed the usual 1,000-word limit. Submissions in other categories must meet our standard minimum (about 600 words for most categories).

1,013-3,653 words — Entries will be accepted in any category except Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction and Poetry.

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Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 4:08:34 PM
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Ok, that’s all rather vague. I assume the start date will be pushed back whilst the technical issues are being sorted? dontknow

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My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 4:20:04 PM
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Ok, that’s all rather vague. I assume the start date will be pushed back whilst the technical issues are being sorted? dontknow


No, the opening date remains Oct. 12.

I'm going to do a trial run now to see how the system handles multiple comps at the same time.

EDIT: It works! Three competitions will be set up to open on Oct. 12. hello1

EDIT 2:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Phew, what a week this has been!
dontknow drunken clown

I’m sorry if this came across as vague. It was my commentary on the uncertainty of the past week in the U.S., not knowing if the occupant of the White House was mildly, moderately or severely ill; breathing on his own or not; and, of course, mortal or magically transformed into a reverse-aging superhero. There’s been a lot to process. Lwinking

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Posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 5:25:09 PM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:


I'm going to do a trial run now to see how the system handles multiple comps at the same time.

EDIT: It works! Three competitions will be set up to open on Oct. 12. hello1


* joins in the revelry *

hello1 Boo hoo! occasion9

My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

magnificent1rascal
Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 10:01:21 PM
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The three related Cheers to 10 Years contests are now open! Here are links to the competition pages:

Ultra Short Competition

Flash Competition

Full Length Story Competition


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Mendalla
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 11:39:03 AM
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And they're off! Welshdreamer42 kicks it off with a 40 word poem in the Ultra Short Competition!

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/-picture-on-my-wall-.aspx

And Tams isn't far behind with a micro...

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/micro-fiction/-abandoned-.aspx

For those about to ... um ... write ... We salute you!




My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:16:17 AM
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I've just posted a story for the full story category but it said 2581 words in the submission box (which is what I want) which then jumped to 2589 when I checked the submitted piece - a discrepancy of 8 words between submission box and submitted piece dontknow

That's going to make getting the numbers right a game of pure chance. Eek!

Anyway, what the heck, it's a Halloween tale and I hope you like it drunken

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:24:35 AM
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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
I've just posted a story for the full story category but it said 2581 words in the submission box (which is what I want) which then jumped to 2589 when I checked the submitted piece - a discrepancy of 8 words between submission box and submitted piece dontknow

That's going to make getting the numbers right a game of pure chance. Eek!

Anyway, what the heck, it's a Halloween tale and I hope you like it drunken


The submission screen and what’s displayed when a story is posted sometimes end up with a slight discrepancy because of the different algorithms. We’ll go by what the submission screen says.

I’m looking forward to your Halloween-themed entry!

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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:23:37 AM
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Woo hoo, someone is going to crack the Full Story comp before me. I was afraid I would be the first. Though I am flagging a bit right now. Current draft falls a bit short of 2581. Probably be next week before I have it sorted and ready to post. Then I'll work on some shorter stuff.

Mine is also my "Halloween" story for this year, though it goes into cosmic horror territory rather than traditional All Hallow's Eve spooks.

I see Paperboy has opened up the Flash comp and there's already a raft of entries in Ultra Short (not surprisingly given that you can enter with as few as 40 words).

hello1


My first "Cheers to 10 Years" entry,

Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:11:21 PM
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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Welshdreamer42 wrote:
I've just posted a story for the full story category but it said 2581 words in the submission box (which is what I want) which then jumped to 2589 when I checked the submitted piece - a discrepancy of 8 words between submission box and submitted piece dontknow

That's going to make getting the numbers right a game of pure chance. Eek!

Anyway, what the heck, it's a Halloween tale and I hope you like it drunken


The submission screen and what’s displayed when a story is posted sometimes end up with a slight discrepancy because of the different algorithms. We’ll go by what the submission screen says.

I’m looking forward to your Halloween-themed entry!


Yay, thank you occasion5

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

My competition stories:
Picture On My Wall
The Last Train
Fading
Molly
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 5:21:21 PM
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Just a friendly reminder, could you please list which word(s) you used in the Note to Moderators section of the submission screen. Thank you all in advance!



Also, there are some great stories entered so far. I'm very excited! If you haven't read them you're missing out.

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